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Weekend Events Sept. 30 – Oct. 2: Treasures at the Museum, Columbus Day Legacy, and Portrait Discovery

This weekend, get a book autographed, see a thought-provoking documentary, and see the Portrait Gallery in a whole new way

See the documentary "Columbus Day Legacy" this Saturday at the American Indian Museum. Photo courtesy museum

Friday, September 30 Treasures at the Museum

Treasures at the Museum, by Deborra Richardson, chief archivist of the American History Museum, is a chapter book that introduces children to archives through the imaginative journey of the characters Robbie and Brittany. On Friday, come meet the author and have a copy of the book autographed. A terrific gift idea for children in grades K-4, this book is sure entice young readers to the preservation of history. Free. 2 to 4 p.m. American History Museum, Archives Center, 1st Floor West

Saturday, October 1 Did Columbus Discover America?

As Columbus Day approaches, learn more about the holiday by watching Columbus Day Legacy, a thought-provoking documentary that examines  the complex issues of free speech, historical interpretation and American identity beneath the surface of this national holiday.  Free. The film is screened 12:30 and 3:30 daily, except Wednesdays, during October. National Museum of American Indian, Rasmuson Theater

Sunday, October 2 Portrait Discovery

Experience the Portrait Gallery in a whole new way through a Portrait Discovery Kit. This family-friendly interactive activity involves seek-and-find cards, self-portrait pads, portrait detective guides and other materials. Upon receiving a kit, a museum educator will show you how to use the self-guided tour to learn about the subjects of the portraits and make the gallery come alive. Free. Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Education Center, Room E151, 1st Floor, South. 1 to 4 p.m. National Portrait Gallery

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